Task force seeking ways to cut Mississippi’s prison population

December 5, 2013 in News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A task force seeking ways to cut Mississippi’s ballooning prison population plans to present lawmakers with suggestions on how criminals are sentenced and released. The judges, […]

Mississippi prisons, mental health, Medicaid seek more money

September 18, 2013 in News, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi’s prison and mental health systems and Medicaid program are seeking millions of extra dollars to get through the budget year, then more money on top of that for the coming year.

Agency leaders appeared Tuesday before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to request money for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30, and for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1.

State revenue has increased roughly 5 percent a year for each of the past two years, and the state-funded portion of the current budget is about $5.8 billion…